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If my title suggests an uplifting song about seduction and reassurance by the British rock group FREE, check out the deliberate comma.

Today's theme is urgency or immediacy.

SUBMIT ASAP
 
For more information on which genres are of interest, and on what to do, and how, follow this link: https://authorspublish.com/berkley-an-imprint-of-peguin-random-house-accepting-submissions-through-january-9th/

For those who completed a novel during NaNoWriMo, this is great timing.

COMING TO A HEAD IN MARYLAND … Compulsory Licenses FOR EBOOKS

 Maryland would force authors to license their ebooks to libraries at a price that Maryland politicians --and those who fund them-- like. Compulsory licenses have previously only applied to songwriters, but times change with technology.

Read the warning from a well written musicians' blog:
https://musictechpolicy.com/2021/12/10/the-revenge-of-the-internet-Archive-google-and-the-metashills-lead-the-long-march-through-state-houses-to-weaken-copyright/

The MTP blog contains a quote from an anonymous librarian excoriating the Internet Archive. The quote is music to a copyright enthusiast's ears.

"You claim [the Archive is a] Charitable Organization. Charitable organizations provide money from their own funds to those in need or they collect donations of money or property, voluntarily offered by the original owners, to distribute to those in need. Taking from others despite their objections and offering the stolen material to those in need does not fall into the description of a charitable organization. It is, as has been pointed out, looting.

Your activity undermines the copyright system for your own benefit and in the financial interests of some of the wealthiest corporations in history. As has been said, the Internet Archive is not a public service but a pirate website. You are not here to help others- you are helping yourself to others’ property. It’s unfortunate that your supporters can’t admit this, or don’t realize it."

The quote is older, but entertainment value sometimes trumps other considerations.

Here is a link to a publishers' lawsuit against Maryland: 
https://publishers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AAP-v.-Maryland.pdf
 
It is alleged that a similar copyright grab is on the governor’s desk in New York.
 
The Authors Guild has issued a strong statement as of December 9th.
https://www.authorsguild.org/industry-advocacy/support-for-aaps-lawsuit-to-enjoin-marylands-library-ebook-licensing-law/
 
 
MUSIC FAIRNESS ACT... still time to act.



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